The Daily Mash-Up

Monday, July 24, 2017 This Week's Paper
So, whatever happened to Rudolph’s little buddy, Fireball? Big Wheel Stunt Show knows
A lot of great Northwest rock bands have Christmas songs. Pearl Jam has "Let Me Sleep (It's Christmas Time)." Harvey Danger has the brilliant "Sometimes You Have to Work On Christmas." Tacoma's Sonics and Fabulous Wailers put their cynical spin on the holidays with "Don't Believe in Christmas" and the Dylan-esque "Christmas Spirit," respectively. To that tradition we can now add the rising stars of Big Wheel Stunt Show, the band that just wrote "Fireball." The Tacoma power trio – singer-guitarist Evan Nagle, singer-drummer Justin Gimse and bassist Jake Melius – won't play the new cut Saturday night at Jazzbones, where they'll support Seattle's all-female AC/DC tribute band, Hell's Belles. But fans can look for it on iTunes sometimes after Dec. 1. And what's so Christmasy about "Fireball," you ask? You know, Fireball? Rudolph's homie-turned-hater from the classic 1964 TV special, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?” You can easily reacquaint yourselves, thanks to the entire special being on YouTube (embedded above.) But not before you hear Gimse talk about the musical sequel in the sound bite from today's interview. Then stay tuned for a related story in our next issue.